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Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

Now anyone can hijack millions of vulnerable machines at will. No big deal! Analysis  The Shadow Brokers have leaked more hacking tools stolen from the NSA's Equation Group – this time easy-to-use exploits that attempt to hijack venerable Windows systems, from Windows 2000 up to Server 2012 and Windows 7 and 8.…

Microsoft begins denying updates to some Windows 7 users

Microsoft this week began blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs equipped with the very newest processors from receiving security updates, making good on a policy it announced but did not implement last year.But the company also refused to provide security ...

NSA-leaking Shadow Brokers just dumped its most damaging release yet

Windows zero-days, SWIFT bank hacks, slick exploit loader among the contents.

Shadow Brokers’ latest file drop shows NSA targeted Windows PCs, several...

The latest dump of hacking tools and exploits targets Windows machines, in some cases as late as Windows 8.

Windows 3.1: Microsoft’s milestone, 25 years on

Happy birthday, Windows 3.1Imagine a world without the Start button. No, I'm not talking about Windows 8.

Dig deep into your memory and you may recall a time when Windows 3.1 ruled the earth.Twenty-five years ago this month, Microsoft released Version ...

Microsoft releases multiple fixes for CRM bugs, including Win10 emergency patch...

Heads up, those of you who had problems with last week’s botched security patches, which clobbered Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and CRM 2013 OnPremises reports; Telerik RadListBox and RadWindow controls; and various IE compatibility modes.

A slew of patches appeared late last night, but it’s still too early to tell if they’re effective in resolving all those reported ills.I counted four new patches.

As of early Thursday morning, three of them are documented.[ The essentials for Windows 10 installation: Download the Windows 10 Installation Superguide today. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]KB 4016635 is a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Anniversary Update, bringing version 1607 up to build 14393.970. Yes, that’s the third cumulative update for version 1607 in the past eight days. KB 4016636 is likely a new, as-yet-undocumented cumulative update for Win10 November Update, version 1511. (I’m just guessing at the KB number because it falls between the KB for 1607 and the one for 1507.) ChangeWindows doesn’t yet list a new build number. KB 4016637 is a new cumulative update for the original release of Win10, commonly called 1507.

This brings the build number up to 10240.1732. KB 4016446 is a patch for Internet Explorer 11 that fixes the bugs in last week’s MS17-006/KB 4012204 security patch. The KB article for 4016446 explains: Forms in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 are not displayed correctly after KB 4013073 is installed on a Windows system that is running Internet Explorer 11… This update is required only if you are experiencing the symptoms that are described in the “Symptoms” section, and you have cumulative security update 4013073 installed on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 SP1, or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

How to fix 5 Windows 10 headaches

Microsoft Windows 10 has gone a long way towards fixing the problems that were endemic with earlier versions of Windows—notably Windows 8.

But it’s still far from a perfect operating system and has its share of headaches.4. Recover lost storage spaceTo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)

Red Flag Windows: Microsoft modifies Windows OS for Chinese government

Chinese government blocked Microsoft product purchases after NSA leaks.

Microsoft begins blocking updates for older Windows versions on newer hardware

Windows 7 is supported until 2020, and Windows 8.1 will get updates until 2023, right? Not if you're trying to run those older Windows versions on new hardware, as some frustrated customers discovered this week.

Blocking Windows 7, 8.1 updates for Kaby Lake, Ryzen chips appears...

It looks like a policy announced a year ago is going to kick in.

OneDrive’s missing smart files found in Google Drive

If you’ve been using Microsoft’s OneDrive online storage for a few years, you likely remember “smart files,” aka placeholders.
It was one of the few features—arguably the only—that made Windows 8 tolerable.
Smart files let you see all your OneDrive files and folders in the Windows File Explorer, but not have to actually sync them to your PC.

Those offline files would "stream" to your PC only when you tried to open them.

Thus, you could save space on your PC while still accessing the rest of your files in OneDrive as needed. The technology is easy to describe, but apparently hard for Microsoft to implement in Windows 10.[ The cloud storage security gap—and how to close it. | The InfoWorld Deep Dive: How to make document sharing really work in Office 365. | Put to the test: Office 365 vs.

Google G Suite productivity smackdown. ]
Two years ago, Microsoft released a beta test version of Windows 10 that didn’t support smart files. Windows 10 still doesn’t have this capability despite the continued customer angst. Microsoft says it is coming back—one day.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

How to remotely control your Windows 10 computer via Google Chrome

Google provides a free and powerful tool, Chrome Remote Desktop, that lets you connect to and control your Windows 10 computer over the internet. (It also works with Windows 7 and Windows 8.) The computer has to be running Chrome, of course, and you al...